I knew this day would come upon us during Photokina 2012; Panasonic has finally unveiled the long awaited Lumix DMC-GH3. Being a GH2 user, I have been waiting for my camera’s value to drop, I mean, for the newer version of what I already own to come out so I can upgrade. In all seriousness, let’s take a look at what the GH3 will offer us and what we can expect from this camera’s performance.
Although the GH3 supports unlimited recording time, that pesky 29ish-minute recording restriction for PAL regions will impede on this feature. The work around? The GH3′s HDMI output also enables external recording, with simultaneous recording to the SD card. With the use of a video recorder like an Atomos Ninja, you can record directly from the cameras sensor to a hard disk. It seems as though Nikon set a trend with this capability on the D800.
The GH3 is capable of shooting in either MP4, MOV, AVCHD or AVCHD Progressive, with a maximum bandwidth of 72 Mbps (ALL-Intra) / 50 Mbps (IPB). The formats can be recorded using frame rates of 24, 30 and 60p (excluding MOV and AVCHD). The DMC-GH3 includes a count-up system with REC Run and Free Run codes and a recording system with Drop Frame and Non Drop Frame codes for easier syncing in post production. As we’re seeing more and more, this camera also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity so you can sync up with your mobile phone and control the camera remotely while connected or upload media to the web. So far it looks like the GH3 will come with an F2.8 35-100mm lens that will also be dust and splash-proof.